10 DIY Projects for Pet Owners
Get Creative for Your Dogs and CatsLooking for a fun project that will enhance your pet’s life? This list of 10 DIY projects for pet owners has something for everyone: simple, creative or more challenging. Not only might you surprise yourself with a little Martha Stewart-finesse, you might even save a few bucks making these yourself—and be more pleased with the overall outcome of your efforts.
1. Homemade Pet Treats
How about some preservative-free, homemade treats for your pets? Not only will your companions be delighted, you’ll feel good feeding these to them. Choose from the ridiculously popular Peanut Butter Pumpkin Dog Cookies, Carob Dog Cookies, Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Cookies or Tuna Cat Treats.
Most of our pet recipes offer a step-by-step tutorial along with helpful cooking and substitution tips. Buon appétit!
2. Self-Filling Pet Water Bowl
The designer of this self-watering pet bowl says all you need is wood, a two-liter bottle, Velcro and a thirsty pet.
This five-step project is bound to keep pets hydrated if outside during a hot day, or indoors for a long period of time.
3. Homemade Dog Shampoo
This “green” dog shampoo can be easily made at home using chemical-free ingredients that won’t irritate your dog’s skin. In addition to a storage container (a jar or bottle), all you’ll need are four ingredients. You won’t even need any fancy tools or kitchen appliances.
4. Dog Crate Bed
If you’re handy with a screw gun and a hammer, then this dog bed project is easier than it looks. Use 1x4 pieces of wood to create the simple frame, then add castor wheels or adjustable furniture legs (if you want the bed to be stationary) to the bottom.
Stain or paint the crate bed, then add a cushy dog bed. Read the designer’s notes on additional painting tips. You can find a huge variety of casters or furniture legs (vintage, contemporary, mid-century, etc.) online.
5. Dog Food Station with Storage
A dog food station with storage underneath?! This space-saving—and shabby-chic looking—solution is practical for those looking for a place to hide pet food and keep food bowls off the floor.
A little more carpentry skill is needed with this project. Step-by-step printable plans are available on the blogger’s site.
6. Crooked Dog House
This whimsical dog house a bit Charlie Brown-ish, perfect for any dog worth his (funny) bones.
While this project is a bit more time consuming and requires some familiarity with plywood, screws, cutting and measuring, the step-by-step directions are very explanatory and make it easier to follow. Take the challenge: Build your pooch a crooked dog house then paint it to match his or her personality. Hang your dog’s name on the outside then add a cushy, weather-proof bed inside for comfort.
7. Fishing Pole Cat Toy
This DIY pet project is also a fun activity for kids. You’ll need only a handful of supplies—a wooden dowel, three different colors of ribbon, three different colored feathers and a glue gun—to make this fishing pole cat toy, and maybe 15 minutes of your time. You cat, however, will enjoy this new toy for hours on end.
8. Cat Perch
Add your own touch to this cozy cat window perch. You’ll need an old tray, a pillow that fits in the tray, a pillow cover (repurposed or newly sewn with fabric of your choice), shelf brackets and screws.
A little drilling for the screws is required. Step-by-step tutorial is provided.
9. Cat Shelves
Is your cat a climber and jumper who likes to look down upon his lair from a high perch? This simple (and affordable) DIY project for cat shelves is also one that works well with any home décor style. Consider it a sophisticated anti-cat tree.
You’ll need simple shelves (try Ikea, Target or Home Depot), shelving brackets (ample style options available), carpet pieces (usually free at your local carpet retailer) and a handful of tools (scissors, marker, ruler, carpet glue, screws and a screwdriver).
Step-by-step tutorial provided by the blogger.
10. Cat Bed Junk Project
If you have an old side table you’re looking to repurpose, then how about converting it to a regalcat bed? This easy peasy DIY pet project will have your neighbor’s cats green with envy.
Essentially, you’re turning a table upside down, adding feet and decorative finials for flair, repainting and then fitting in a cat bed, which you may have to make yourself unless find one that fits the dimensions. The result? Purr-fect.